Neuro-optometry examines how the retina and brain communicate
Neuro-optometry examines how the retina and brain communicate with each other to create your vision.
Previous thinking was that light from the environment focused on the retina, creating a nerve pathway to the back of the brain where it was interpreted as a picture.
This is a very linear approach to eyesight.
This still is fact and is the basis for how most eye exams for glasses and contact lenses are done. Traditional glasses address sharpness and clarity of vision which is a start, but not nearly the end.
What we now know from current neurological research is that the retina sends signals to many parts of the brain nearly simultaneously effecting much more than eye sight alone. In addition, all the parts of the brain receiving retinal signals send information back to the retina, creating a connection between your eyes and your brain about your balance, posture, emotions, cognition, hearing and day/night awareness.
What this means is that glasses have the potential to affect all of these systems by altering the light energy that comes into your eye from the environment.
It can do this with the array of tools that the Neuro-Optometrists has at their disposal. These tools are prisms, tints, filters and the changing of the person’s Rx to sharpen the background or foreground. In addition, exercises to strengthen the connections between the eye and the brain made by the specialized glasses help anchor the new pathways.
Since different parts of the retina are connected to different parts of the brain, these tools can direct light to a certain part of the retina that can bypass a dysfunctional part of the brain or stimulate an underdeveloped part of the brain.
Sensory processing disorders, ADD/ADHD, brain injuries, strokes, motion sickness and many other conditions can be helped by the use of these therapeutic glasses.
Many people who see clearly at a distance and at near without glasses, greatly benefit from these glasses. Of course, if you already need glasses, your current prescription is used to optimize your brain function.
Ask Dr. Trinka if this approach can help your brain work more efficiently and improve your attention and awareness.